|Apples||Contain vitamins A and C. Research show that apples also have cancer- and virus-fighting agents and may work as an anti-inflammatory. The boron in apples boosts blood levels of estrogen and other compounds to prevent calcium loss in bones.|
|Artichokes||Are full of fiber, which is known to combat Type-2 diabetes – the fourth leading trigger of death by disease in the United states.|
|Bananas||Are wealthy in potassium, a mineral that regulates heartbeat and blood stress and may protect the elderly from strokes. Bananas are also commonly recommended to stabilize irritable intestines, therefore alleviating both constipation and diarrhea.|
|Beets||Are a great supply from the cancer-fighting antioxidant betacyanin, which gives them their vibrant color. Fresh beets are complete of folic acid and vitamin B, which may shield against heart disease and colon cancer.|
|Blueberries||Include tannic acid, which many scientists believe neutralizes free radicals and acts as a potent virus killer. Other people claim it helps cure diarrhea and fights off bladder and urinary tract infections.|
|Broccoli||Is one of the first vegetables found to have anti-cancer properties and continues to be regarded as among probably the most potent. The sulforaphane in broccoli is stated to stimulate the physique to create an enzyme that kills possible carcinogens.|
|Eggplant||Consists of two compounds utilized to stop convulsions: scopoletin and scoparone. It’s becoming investigated for its possible use in the therapy of epilepsy. Research show this vegetable also binds up cholesterol within the intestines so that it isn’t absorbed into the bloodstream where it could clog arteries.|
|Grapes||Possess high levels of caffeic acid, which has been discovered to stop cancer in animals, and flavonoids, which might prevent blood clots. Several dietary surveys have discovered that snacking on grapes lowers the incidence of gum disease.|
|Oranges, lemons, and limes||Have vitamin C, bioflavonoids, and an abundance of limonene. These help the body fight cancers of the lungs, cervix, stomach, and esophagus by decreasing cholesterol and boosting enzymes thought to break down carcinogens and stimulate cancer-killing immune cells.|
|Pineapples||Are higher within the mineral manganese, which study suggests assists build powerful bones and prevent osteoporosis. A single cup of pineapple juice provides 50 % of the recommended daily quantity of vitamin C; fresh pineapple contains bromelain, the enzyme that assists digestion by breaking down protein.|
12 frozen bread dough dinner rolls, thawed
3-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1/2 cup Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise
1 celery rib, chopped
1/4 cup raisins
3 tablespoons sunflower kernels
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
12 lettuce leaves
12 tomato slices
2 ripe olive slices
1 green onion
6 cherry tomatoes, halved Read more
Swimming is on of the best and fun exercise that I really enjoy. Just a quick swim in the water makes all the tension go away and revive me quickly. Though we love swimming pools the chlorine in the water are not really not environmental friendly for me. Handmade Charlotte shared on her article the 10 amazing natural pools that will surely cool you down from the heat.
Natural pools have become popular both in Europe ans US. They grow plants the pool to eliminate the chemical like chlorine from the water making the water clean. These pools are lines with special materials and water circulation to keep the water clean. Some people opt to divide their pools in planting area and swimming areas while others prefered the plants in the side. Indeed, you will surely love the beauty this natural pool can offer.
Check Handmade Charlotte’s article here.
Did I ever mention my love for tomatoes? Well, I just love them on my salad and definitely in my garden. I can recall a lot of recipes my wife cook for me with lots of tomatoes in it. Anyway, let me share to you this healthy recipe from Midwest Living that you might want to try. My wife tried this one too and it really this great. This amazing recipe can be a good side dish for your family to enjoy so better try it out.
2 pounds yellow summer squash, sliced (about 7 cups)
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 14 1/2 – ounce cans stewed tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (2 oz.)
1/2 cup finely shredded or grated Parmesan cheese (2 oz.)
- In a Dutch oven, bring 1 inch of lightly salted water to boiling; add sliced summer squash.
- Cover and cook for 4 minutes. Drain well.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, paprika, salt, garlic powder, basil, and pepper; stir in drained tomatoes.
- In a 2-quart square baking dish, layer half of the squash and half of the tomato mixture; repeat layers. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven for 25 minutes.
- Sprinkle with cheeses; bake for 5 to 10 minutes more or until heated through and sauce is bubbly around the edges.
- Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with a slotted spoon.
- Makes 8 side-dish servings.
“Tomatoes are a treasure of riches when it comes to their antioxidant benefits. In terms of conventional antioxidants, tomatoes provide an excellent amount of vitamin C and beta-carotene; a very good amount of the mineral manganese; and a good amount of vitamin E.”
Recipe credits to : http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/vegetables/squash-and-tomato-bake
A healthy soil is indeed very vital in gardening as well as a perfect soil for your plants. On my previous post (check here), I discussed on the importance of soil testing as well as the methods you can use for soil testing. One of those test is the pH test.
The pH test and its Importance
The pH test will measure the acidity and alkalinity of the soil in your garden. The acidity and alkalinity of the soil is due to the presence of ions of the soil. These acidic and alkaline ions are naturally found in the soil and occurrence of acid rain, organic waste materials, impure water irrigation and weathering of soil creates these ions thus making the pH of the soil imbalance.
Imbalance of these ions will affect the plants in many ways. Too much acid in soil will kill off the nutrient thus kills the plants as well. Acidic soil do not absorb pesticides you applied for the plants. By not absorbing these pesticides, these chemicals will contaminate the water system in your area during the rain.
So before you start gardening test your soil’s pH. Be sure to check the pH requirement of your plant for them to grow well. Remember that some plant are acid loving and some preferred to have a neutral pH.
Methods to Reduce Soil’s pH
Using natural methods of reducing the pH of the soil is cost-effective. So better check you kitchen or garden sheds if you have these supplies you can use. Take note that before using these methods your soil’s pH must be more than 7.5.
Known to have a lot of uses due to its acidic property, vinegar will surely lower down the pH of your soil. Just add 8-10 tablespoon to a gallon of water and sprinkle to the soil
Add sulfur to the soil and you will see it will reduce its pH.
Mix coffee grounds or coffee before planting and it will lower down the pH of the soil
One of the most effective among the methods mentioned, use a few kilograms of cow or horse manure in your soil.
You will surely be glad on the effect you can get after using these methods. Be sure to take another test to see if you did a great job on lowering the soil’s pH.
- pH: Why It Matters When Growing with Hydroponics (fullbloomhydroponics.net)
- Acid or Alkaline? Bought A Mini Soil pH Tester Today (hbb2obm.com)
Camping is sure fun but can be very expensive will all these kit and stuff available in the market nowadays. Greame Bell of Getaway Blog listed some tips and the few basics you can bring along when camping from a vehicle.
As always advised, less is more is on the tops of the list. Try investing on good quality and versatile products. Next on the list is choosing inflatable. Choose inflatable mattress that are inexpensive but thick and easy to repair. With this, you will not worry about the thorns that will deflate your comfortable bed. You also might want to invest on thermal undies, thick hiking socks, and vacuum pack. These thermal undies and socks will help you once the weather gets cold and the vacuum pack will lessen the size of your things.
It is also advised to invest on good quality tent to keep you dry to protect you from rain and storm. Also take note to bring easy to prepare and store foods to keep you going for the whole journey. Remember that can are always better that bottles. Next on the list is the cutlery. Try investing in clever compact products to saves space. Also invest on comfortable in quality clothing. Always remember to bring lots of undies. Lastly, don’t forget first aid and sewing kits. These kits can be a lifesaver when you need them.
Visit Greame’s article for more tips and advice on camping in an inexpensive and easy way: http://blog.getaway.co.za/travel-ideas/handy-hints-camping-save-bucks/.
Travelling in Australia is never a dull moment. Due to vast area covered by the country travelling the area requires a lots of time for you to visit each tourist destination the country offers. But not all of us has the luxury of time so Rob of Australia Holidays listed the must-see places in the country (read the article here).
Listed first is the Kangaroo Island located in the south coast of Australia. In this island you can find a most diverse wildlife including kangaroos, seals in beaches, and whales. It is easily accessible if you are on Adelaide or Melbourne, so better add this destination on one of your trips. Second is the famous Uluru in located in the centre of the country. Visiting this area will let you witness the beautiful sunset that is indeed a lovely sight to see. If you are in Darwin or Adelaide, this place is indeed a place to visit.
Great Barrier Reef is next on the list easily accessible if you are in Cairns, Brisbane or in any north-eastern coast of the country. You will surely enjoy the sight of the corrals and sea life in this area. Lastly, if you are in the west coast party of the country, as short drive going to Margaret River is surely worth your time. You will enjoy wines, vineyards, restaurants and the beautiful town itself.
Indeed, your time will always be short when visiting Australia. So go ahead and plan your travel now. You will never get enough of this country.
Are you craving for a Mexican dish, then the featured recipe for the week is surely worth a try. Adding some twist in your ordinary fajita, Portobello Fajitas will clearly bring out the vegetarian and food lover in you.
Fajita is a Mexican dish referring to a marinate strip of meat commonly of beef or chicken. It is usually served with taco or tortillas and other fillings. These condiments that commonly compliment with this dish are guacamole. sour cream, and salsa.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 medium portobello mushrooms
1 red and/or yellow sweet pepper, quartered
8 6 – 7 inches flour tortillas (soft taco or fajita size)
2 medium avocados, halved, seeded, and peeled
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1 teaspoon chili powder
Fresh Cilantro sprigs
Lime wedges Read more
A weekend gathering with the family in indeed very special. It is even special since it is Mother’s day. The time when celebrate the greatness of our mothers. In my family, we agreed to celebrate it in my parent’s house along with my other siblings. I cooked my grilled specialty for my mom and my wife, while my other siblings brought their other specials as well. My sister brought her Herbed Tofu cake specialty. My girls really loved it so I looked it up (Better Home and Gardens) and shared to you. How about you? How did you celebrated the Mother’s Day?
Herbed Tofu Cakes
1 16 ounce package firm tofu (fresh bean curd), drained
1 large carrot, finely shredded (2/3 cup)
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons snipped fresh mint
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 of a cucumber, chopped
1/2 of a mango, seeded, peeled, and chopped
1 recipe Dipping Sauce, recipe below
Fresh mint (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. In large bowl mash tofu with a fork. Add carrot, green onions, cilantro, mint, garlic, flour, and 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce; stir to combine.
2. In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Tightly pack some of the tofu mixture into a 1/4-cup metal measuring cup. Unmold into the hot skillet by tapping measuring cup in bottom of skillet. Repeat to make 5 patties. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until browned and heated through. Remove to a baking sheet; keep warm in oven while cooking remaining 5 patties.
3. To serve, top tofu cakes with cucumber and mango. Serve with mint and Dipping Sauce. Makes 10 appetizers.
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
1. Stir together soy sauce, rice vinegar, and chili garlic sauce.
“Herbs contain unique anti-oxidants, essential oils, vitamins, phyto-sterols and many other plants derived nutrient substances, which help equip our body to fight against germs, toxins and to boost immunity level. Herbs are, in fact, medicines in smaller dosages.”